During last week’s ACC Football Kickoff (media days), 173 conference media members submitted predictions for the upcoming conference standings, and who would win the championship game in Charlotte.
In previous years, we became accustomed to the Syracuse Orange being picked last or close to it. However, following a 10-3 campaign in 2018, those days appear to be over (for now).
The reigning national champion @ClemsonFB is the preseason favorite to claim its fifth consecutive #ACCFootball title.@UVAFootball is favored in the Coastal Division.— The ACC (@theACC) July 22, 2019
As you can see, Syracuse was picked second in the Atlantic Division, with 913 points, sitting just under 300 behind Clemson. The Tigers received all but two votes for first place, with both of those going to the Orange. Anyone that’s been following this event over the years should have a pretty good idea about at least one of the media members that logged the first-place votes for SU...
Syracuse also received two votes to win the conference, likely from the same two brave souls. Clemson received 170 votes to win it, while Virginia — the preseason Coastal favorite — had one. While it’s easy to scoff at the idea, the Orange could’ve accomplished the feat last season had they just held on to beat Clemson. That win would’ve given them the tiebreaker over the Tigers for the ACC title game.
Over in the Coastal — the toughest division in all the land if you ask Pitt fans — every team got at least one vote, and the Hoos barely edged out Miami for first. The Panthers were picked fourth. Boston College was picked fifth in the Atlantic, as well, for those wondering how our closest “rivals” look at the moment.
What do we think of the above, though, knowing that SU will be starting over at QB and also has some things to figure out on the offensive line and at linebacker? We flying too close to the sun? Or is this just the right amount of preseason hype that we’ve been waiting for? In any case, Roll Damn Orange.